TWO fighters at different stages of their careers are riding a wave of confidence spawned by high-calibre sparring opponents.
Koroit’s Charlie Edney is gearing up for his second amateur bout at War In The ‘Bool 2 on Saturday, while Jyl Wright is primed for his maiden professional fight.
Trainer Lyndon Edney said while the duo faced different challenges, they had both endured a tough sparring run in the lead up to the event..
“Charlie is a bit of a fitness fanatic as it is – he’s right into his surf lifesaving so when he’s not training with me, he’s doing something else,” Edney said.
“Jyl has been going really hard. He’s been doing a five or six kilometre run before training with me every night.
“We’ll do 10 rounds on the pads on the off nights, and on the on nights we’ll go to Coleraine to spar, go to Rudy’s (Boxing) to spar, and there’s also the really high quality stuff up in Melbourne.
“A few trainers that I had a bit to do with in my career have had people around the same age and weight, who are really advanced.”
Charlie, whose first fight came in October, is facing a Tasmanian opponent.
He revealed he felt in peak physical condition after preparing under the tutelage of his father.
“I’m probably more nervous this time around,” he laughed.
“There’s going to be a lot of people from around town out to watch me. But once you’re in the ring and the bell goes, all the nerves are gone.”
The Warrnambool College student said keeping a simple gameplan was key leading into the bout.
For Wright, the road to a professional bout has been years in the making.
He slipped on the gloves for the first time as a 12-year-old, training in Edney’s Koroit gym ever since.
“I’m looking forward to it – I’m really excited. It’s been a long time coming,” Wright said.
“Your amateur fights are always three rounds, but this one will be six. It’s twice as long as what I’ve done in the past, so that will be a challenge.
“To get a start in the pro stuff was always the aim for me. It’s going to be really good to finally do it now.”
Edney expected the pair to perform well and was impressed with their commitment to training.
“Charlie’s opponent is a bit taller, we know that, but he’s only had one fight. We're not totally sure,” he said.
“But Charlie faired well in his first fight against a guy who was taller. He kept his jab all the way through and that was the key to the win.”